Energy Saving

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1989.

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Photo of Michael Jack Michael Jack , Fylde 12:00 am, 24th July 1989

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what private sector initiatives there are in the field of energy saving.

Photo of Hon. Peter Morrison Hon. Peter Morrison , City of Chester

There is now a well-established energy efficiency industry operating and taking initiatives in the private sector.

Photo of Michael Jack Michael Jack , Fylde

Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating a company in my constituency, Inenco, which for the past 21 years has been investing in energy management, to the extent of £2·3 million in saving systems, which in turn have saved £1 million worth of energy? Does he agree that that excellent example of a private sector initiative shows what can be done in energy savings?

Photo of Hon. Peter Morrison Hon. Peter Morrison , City of Chester

I agree with my hon. Friend that Inenco deserves a very good 21st birthday present. I am glad to say that where that company has gone, so have many others.

Photo of Mrs Marion Roe Mrs Marion Roe , Broxbourne

Is my right hon. Friend aware that horticulturists are among the most efficient users of energy, yet their operations are threatened by the large increase in gas prices?

Photo of Hon. Peter Morrison Hon. Peter Morrison , City of Chester

I am aware of that, not least because my hon. Friend, with another of my hon. Friends, discussed with me the position of the glasshouse industry. She knows that Ofgas is in discussion with British Gas at present about the predicament that she mentioned.